Thursday, October 24, 2013

Alphabet Pies

It is Fall and I feel compelled, no, pressured, to make whatever I can with pumpkin. I cannot get away from pumpkin. They are displayed all over the market both in can form and in the standard $7.99 gourd. Pinterest is even overwhelmed by that magical orange gift of the gods.There is even that compulsary Fall event of taking the kiddos to the pumpkin patch. This year we didnt even venture out in the Arizona sun to the actual patch to go picking; it is hot and dirty and generally a miserable experience. But there were pony rides and a jumpy thingy and playground. Unfortunately it did not feel like Fall as we walked around in our tank tops eating frozen icees. 
The pumpkin hype is overrated (and yes, as I type this I have some pumpkin bread baking in the oven. Don`t judge me!)  Persoanlly I think the hysteria stems from the proliferation of the Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks (which is yummy if it were only cold enough to drink a hot beverage.) So in order to maintain a bit of sanity I have diverged from the pumpkin bandwagon and have rediscovered the sweet potato. Enjoy your new favorite Fall treat!

 What you need:
  • 2 cup of canned sweet potato
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1/2 stick of butter, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinammon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 premade pie crust doughs
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine potatos, sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, salt , cinnamon and ginger and mix. Once combined add milk.
  • The mixture will be runny.Set aside to make the mini pie crusts.
  • Be sure to have defrosted the pie crust!
  • Unroll 2 pie crusts and using a 2 1/2 inch round cutter create your 24 mini pie crusts.

  • Fill the pis crusts with the sweet potato filling (I used a mini ice cream scooper to ensure each were the same. )
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes (until a toothpick comes out clean.)
  • While the pies are baking unroll another pie dough and use alphabet cut outs to create your letters (I understand that many of you might not have these in your kitchen arsenal and all I can tell you is GET SOME! They are great with play doh and cookies and stamping. Until then you could always use your steady hand and cut out letters.)
  • Bake the dough according to instructions. Probably something like 350 degrees for 10ish minutes.

Once pies are done and letters are done put them together.
Please note: What I really wanted to do was smother the pies in whipped cream and place the letters on top but I didn`t have any on hand and I was too darn tired to go to the market.

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